NOVA Fisheries owner “moving away from seafood”

Published on
November 16, 2016

The owner of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.-based NOVA Fisheries is “moving away from seafood,” according to a press release issued Tuesday, 15 November.
Bob Simon, who has been the sole owner of the fishing and processing company since 1988, announced he has divested himself of all of his company’s fisheries holdings.

“At the end of 2015, NOVA Fisheries Inc. divested itself of the last of its investments in fisheries, although the company continues to further manufacture some products in cooperation with other vessel owners,” Simon said in the release.

NOVA Fisheries was founded in 1986, producing value-added products – particularly manufactured finished products – in conjunction with shore plants in Alaska’s Pacific Northwest and Canada’s Eastern Atlantic coast. Soon after its founding, the company also began developing equipment and technology to aid in catching and processing shellfish. In 2005, the company helped pioneer the southern king crab fishery – or NOVA crab – in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Argentina.

More recently, Simon founded several other companies, including SunWave Processors, a seafood processing joint venture, and two businesses unconnected to the seafood industry.

“The focus for Simon, as NOVA sunsets, is collaboration on new engineering technologies largely unrelated to the seafood industry, in addition to continued involvement with numerous nonprofit endeavors,” the press release said.

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